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Use of Indicators to Improve Accountability and Promote Regional Competition

Duration: 1 June 2015 – 30 November 2015

Project Description:

This project is a cooperation partnership between the Democracy for Development (D4D) in Prishtina, Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Tirana, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) in Belgrade, Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) in Skopje, Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) in Podgorica, and ANALITIKA-Center for Social Research in Sarajevo.

This project aims to instigate competition among countries in the Western Balkans for performance of public authorities through the use of a joint online platform. The collection of data for standardised indicators for six regional countries would enable comparison of their performance, expecting to put in motion public shame in countries lagging behind others. Countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) aim to join the European Union and successful performance of some countries can mobilise additional efforts among laggard countries. The EU is a major captivating image for citizens in the Western Balkans and exposing that a particular sector in a given country is lagging behind can have a major mobilizing power. By corollary, instigating competition to the criteria in a fast manner can encourage political leaders to conduct deeper and faster reforms. Overall, we believe the project has the potential to set the six affected countries onto a fast-track, self-propelled course of holistic development.